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Global Stamp Competition: Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise


The Global Stamp Competition (IUPAC’s CCE, Christiane Reiners and Lida Schoen) was launched at the opening ceremony of IYC 2011 in Paris on January 27-28, 2011. The competition is open to students all over the world in 3 age categories (12-14, 15-18 and undergraduates / teacher students from all subjects (not only chemistry!)

Aim

The aim of the global competition is to design a national stamp that reflects on ‘Chemistry as a Cultural Enterprise’, showing the chemical impact on the culture and/or every day life in your country. Examples already mentioned are: (South Africa) washing-powder changed life in rural areas, (Egypt) mummies in ancient times and fighting pollution nowadays, (Taiwan) preventing danger of (UV) radiation, (UK) Nobel laureates and (Germany) new medicines.

Submission of your designs

Students can submit their designs to a (moderated) website, the IYC 2011 Global Stamp Competition section of ‘Making the News‘. On the homepage of the publication platform students will find (downloadable) instructions, conditions and guidelines on how to submit your design with your account of the design.

Start of the competition

The competition is launched during the official Opening Ceremony of the UNESCO International Year of Chemistry in Paris, France on January 27-28, 2011. All students can start to submit their contributions now from January 29, 2011 till June 15, 2011.

Jury

A panel of experts from IUPAC and all partners will judge the entries. The best entries in the 3 (age) categories will be given notice and their entries will be published on the different websites. National Chemical Societies will be encouraged to publish results of winners and runners up.

Acknowledgement for winning students

The (large) winning stamp designs will be on show during the IYC 2011 Closing Ceremony in Brussels, Belgium on December 1, 2011. Pictures will be taken and a report written, that will be free for dissemination. We even think about inviting winning students to take part in the closing ceremony in Brussels, depending on available funding and organisation.

Questions about the competition

to be directed to Lida Schoen (ages 12-14 and 15-18) and Christiane Reiners (undergraduates and teacher students).

To get more information, anyone interested can visit the Publication Platform or download the Students’ Guideline.

Source - http://www.chemistry2011.org/participate/activities/show?id=110

March 10, 2011 Post Under Events - Read More

Google Global Science Fair 2011


Are you interested in getting a scholarship from Google, one of the greatest ICT company these days, a National Geographic experience, a personalized LEGO prize and so much more? Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today.

Who can enter?

The competition is open to students aged 13 to 18 from around the world working on their own or in a team of two or three. For more details, visit the Science Fair Rules page.

How to enter

  • If you don’t already have one, create a Google Account. You will need a Google Account to complete the sign up form.
  • Complete the Google Science Fair sign up form. After you submit the form, you will see an important link on the confirmation page. This link will create the Google project submission site where you will post your science fair project details. Signed up but can’t find the link? Click here to create your Google project submission site.
  • Plan your science project, conduct your experiment, and write up your results.
  • Complete all of the sections of your Google project submission site (see sample project submission site).
  • Create either a two-minute video or 20-slide presentation giving an overview of your project and embed it on the Summary page of your project submission. A video or presentation is required to enter.
  • When your project site is done, make sure to submit it via this form by 4 April 2011.

Detailed instructions and tips for building your project submission can be found in the Resources section of this website.

January 13, 2011 Post Under Events, Notice - Read More

USM Workshop: Project-Based Learning for Science Fairs

In conjunction with USM’s “Karnival Bestari Sains dan Seni” from 5th-9th May 2010, MAAYS advisors and webmasters have organized a workshop for secondary school students. The workshop’s theme is “Integrating Science with Art and Technology”, and teaches students on Project-Based Learning (PBP).

The workshop was held at the second floor of the museum building.

The MAAYS advisors and facilitators with Angkasawan Major Dr. Faiz Khaleed.

MAAYS founder Dr. Kim Phaik Lah explaining the itinerary for the workshop to Dr. Faiz.

Major Dr. Faiz Khaleed sharing his experiences about the trainings he underwent.

After Dr. Faiz’s interesting presentation, registered students and teachers were then asked to make their way to the screening room on the second floor. Dr. Kim gave everyone an introduction of Project-based Learning (PBL), followed by the presentation of award-winning projects by David Yong, also webmaster of MAAYS, on his research on spider-web’s wound healing capabilities, and Muhammad Akram bin Mohd Zubir’s research on Swift Turbidity Marker.

The workshop continued with the participants divided into 6 groups with one facilitator in each group. Every group is required to come up with at least one question and the group members have to discuss on ways to overcome the problems through scientific means, while the facilitators took down everyone’s name. Students were asked to register themselves and continue the discussions as a threaded topic.

Participants discussing in a group.

MAAYS advisor, Dr. Kim also encouraged students to continue solving problems through scientific means and do not stop looking for answers. She said she and the USM lecturers will visit the forum to view the threaded topics of every group and choose the best one. The best group will have the opportunity to present their project during the next workshop.

The MAAYS team was impressed by the creative ideas presented and questions asked by the participants. We hope to see great things from this group of participants!

May 8, 2010 Post Under Events - Read More

Bestari Science Carnival

Dear all,

USM MGTF will be having the annual Carnival Science and Art at the campus from 6 to 9 May 2010. There are more than 20 events going on.

Our MAAYS,net team will be conducting a workshop on Science Project for Science Fairs. Selected participants are invited to attend the workshop on the 8th May 2010. For further information, please contact

kimpl9988@gmail.com

May 6, 2010 Post Under Events - Read More

International Conference & Youth Summit 2010

To all MAAYS members, this is a PBL conference organised by iEARN that might be of your interest.
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(International Education and Resource Network)
Connecting Youth…Making a Difference in the World
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iEARN IN ACTION: Special Conference News
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Register Now for the 17th Annual iEARN Conference and 14th Annual Youth Summit in Barrie, Canada (outside of Toronto), July 12-17, 2010!

Early Bird rates for the iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit are avaliabe until March 31. Please register and pay for the conference to qualify for the Early Bird discount. Registration and Payment forms are avaliable at: http://iearn2010.org.  For questions regarding registration, please contact registration@iearn-canada.org.  We will only be able to accept registrations until June 10th, so please register early to assure your place at the conference. After that date, we can not guarantee accommodations at the conference venue.
Workshops
Are you interested in sharing your project, student work or best practices in education? Please participate as a presenter at the conference. Call for Presenter forms are accessible at: http://tiny.cc/workshops516
Visas for Canada
Visa applications to Canada might take a few weeks to process at the Canadian Embassies. We are in the process of preparing Letters of Invitation for the conference. If you require a Letter of Invitation to apply for your Visa to Canada, please complete the form at: http://tinyurl.com/iEARN2010inviteletter Please also be aware that we can not send the Letters of Invitation directly to the Embassies.
We look forward to seeing you all as we meet together to “Catch the Dream” in Canada.
About the iEARN Annual Conference and Youth Summit:
Join hundreds of educators, students, administrators and partner organizations who come together annually from 50-70 countries to share how they are using technology to build global understanding and enhance teaching and learning!  We encourage all who want to make their education programs more global, and who believe that students can make a difference in the world when they work together on collaborative online projects, to join this global gathering.
March 19, 2010 Post Under Events - Read More

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